From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Lombardetto family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Lombardetto came from a person from Lombardy
. The Lombards, who were a Germanic tribe that overran the area in the 6th century, derived their name from the Latin Langobardi, which is composed of the Germanic elements meaning long-beards. The name is also an occupational
name, derived from the personal name
Lombardo, which indicates merchant, banker, money-changer. Since these professions were mainly practiced in the north of Italy and in the region of Tuscany
, these are the places where the surname continues to be most prevalent today.
Early Origins of the Lombardetto family
The surname Lombardetto was first found in Tuscany
. One of the earliest bearers of this surname was Pietro Lombardo, a theologian born around the year 1100.
Lombardetto Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Lombardetto include Lombard, Lombardèlli, Lombardelli, Lombardini, Lombardi, Lombardo, Lombardia, Lombardio, Lombardetto and many more.
Early Notables of the Lombardetto family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lombardetto family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lombardetto were among those contributors: Bernardo Lombard, who sailed to New England
in 1633; William Lombardino, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1873; Philip Lombardo arrived in Philadelphia in 1803.